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Armed Forces (Service Complaints and Financial Assistance) Bill [HL]: Second Reading (23 Jun 2014)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, the financial assistance aspects of the Bill seem a welcome piece of tidying up. However, would the Minister like to confirm that COBSEO, the Confederation of Service Charities, has been informed about what is going on? I get the impression that it has not been cut in on the loop, so I should be grateful for an answer on that. I am less sanguine about the service complaints part of...

Russia: Arms — Question (18 Jun 2014)

Lord Boyce: Does the Minister agree that the 2% target that she said has been achieved has been met only by taking into account spending on contingency operations? That was not the practice in the past; therefore, if one is totally honest we are not meeting that 2% target.

Defence: Nuclear Submarines — Statement ( 6 Mar 2014)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, I believe that this proposed refuelling is an entirely sensible course of action to ensure that HMS “Vanguard” can meet her final decommissioning date in the late 2020s. However, I should like to press the Minister and to follow up and expand on the point made by the noble Lord, Lord Rosser. Can the Minister absolutely assure us that the refit length will not be extended as the...

Scottish Independence: Faslane — Question ( 3 Mar 2014)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, will the Minister agree that if it becomes necessary to remove the independent nuclear deterrent from Faslane, we must also take into consideration the fact that we must move the other nuclear attack submarines? That must also be counted in the cost.

Armed Forces: Territorial Army — Question (18 Nov 2013)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, would the Minister like to say what signs there are of the preparedness of business, particularly SMEs, to release people to be reserves since this policy has been in force, given that many of those small businesses in particular have become very lean over the past three or four years?

Gibraltar — Question (10 Oct 2013)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, will the Minister not agree that were this Government not to have depleted our destroyer frigate force to anorexic levels, we would be able to demonstrate better and in a more consistent way our resolve in a time-honoured and effective way? By the way, a patrol boat in the Gibraltar squadron is not as effective as a destroyer.

Syria and the Use of Chemical Weapons — Motion to Take Note (29 Aug 2013)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, my interests are as declared in the register. I should like to focus on the proposition that military action should be taken if it is clear that Assad has used chemical weapons. I believe that there is a need for a far greater clarity about the thinking behind such proposals before we can have a sensible discussion about its merits. If military action is not backed up by a UNSCR,...

Marine Conservation Areas — Question (13 Mar 2013)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, I declare an interest as Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports. Taking the second part of the question of the noble Lord, Lord Eden, further, can the Minister say what consideration has been given to the small inshore fishermen whose livelihood depends on fishing in some of these designated areas?

Shipping: International Maritime Law — Question ( 4 Feb 2013)

Lord Boyce: Could the Minister tell the House whether she feels that an increase in armed guards on board merchant vessels transiting that area has significantly improved security and, as a result, we see far less hostage taking so that lives are saved?

Defence Equipment and Support — Statement (17 Jul 2012)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, currently Defence Equipment and Support has stewardship of a key front-line activity, logistics support, which includes such things as running naval bases. However successful or otherwise one might view Defence Equipment and Support's performance in this area, the current shock with respect to outsourcing of major critical activities has to be a concern. Can the Minister reassure...

Somalia: Piracy — Question (11 Jan 2012)

Lord Boyce: I welcome the Minister's comment that the Royal Navy will be providing a ship to support the anti-piracy operations off Somalia. The Minister will also be aware that the Navy has been unable to meet its full-time commitments for a duty ship over the past few months. Noting such other contingencies coming up, such as the potential closure of the Hormuz Strait by Iran, will the Government now...

Armed Forces Bill: Third Reading (10 Oct 2011)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, I would just like to associate myself with the words of the noble Baroness, Lady Taylor, and others about the co-operation and adaptability shown by the Minister.

Armed Forces Bill: Second Reading ( 6 Jul 2011)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, I declare an interest as a trustee and member of various service charities. I welcome the provisions in this Bill that build on the significant changes brought in by the Armed Forces Act 2006. Five years ago, some of us in this House expressed concerns about the introduction of the then new disciplinary system, especially the speed at which it was proposed to be introduced. However,...

Defence: Reform — Statement (27 Jun 2011)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, much has been made about the greater flexibility that the Chiefs of Staff will have as a result of having more money and resources to play with. As things stand at the moment, most of that money is tied up in salaries and fixed costs that do not have much flexibility-probably 5 or 10 per cent of their budget. Can the Minister indicate how much more money they are to be given to play...

Armed Forces: Resources — Question (27 Jun 2011)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, further to the question asked by the noble Lord, Lord Reid, I am sure that the Ministry of Defence can sustain the task in Libya as long as possible. Will the Minister say what other, higher priority tasks will have to be given up in order for that to be sustained?

Nuclear Deterrent — Statement (18 May 2011)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, first I apologise to the Minister for not being here at the beginning of his Statement. I declare an interest as a non-executive director of Atkins. I welcome the government Statement. However, perhaps I may ask the Minister to confirm that we would not have a credible nuclear deterrent were it not for the people who man our submarines. As we are launching this study-which I happen...

Written Answers — House of Lords: Royal National Lifeboat Institution: Health and Safety ( 9 Mar 2011)

Lord Boyce: To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to extend to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution the exemption from investigation or prosecution under health and safety legislation for the police and fire service under specified circumstances, as recommended in the report Common Sense, Common Safety.

Armed Forces: Redundancy — Statement ( 2 Mar 2011)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, will the Minister confirm what I have heard at the coalface among soldiers, sailors and airmen-that the redundancy terms for this round may be significantly meaner than those that were available in the early 1990s when we had another large redundancy programme? If that is the case, why?

Forestry Commission — Question ( 2 Feb 2011)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, I am sure that the Minister agrees that preserving our heritage conveys a very special social benefit. In that context, I would be grateful if he would say what plans the Government have to treat ancient woodlands as a special category? Furthermore, will the Government make available the appropriate resources if they are to hand over to charities and communities responsibility for...

Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012: Olympic Truce — Question (15 Dec 2010)

Lord Boyce: My Lords, I am interested in the Minister's answer to the original Question about whether the Government are looking for a continuance of previous UN resolutions on the Olympic Truce. What are the Government going to do to deliver some kind of tangible result rather than fine-sounding words, which is what has happened for the past 100 years?


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